McLaren Vale, Australia
See Wirra Wirra wines we sell
Wirra Wirra is an aboriginal name meaning "amongst the gumtrees". It was established in 1894 by Robert Strangeways Wigley who was prudently sent to rusticate in McLaren Vale by his family. By 1901, he was the owner of one of the most significant wineries and vineyards in the district with over 100 acres under vines. Bob Wigley passed away in 1924 having contributed much of his life to the district and having made many fine wines which found their way to England, having been shipped by Burgoynes of London.
After 1936 the original 240 acres were sold by his family, and the cellars fell into disuse. In 1969 the winery (by then virtually a derelict building), and the surrounding 7 acres were bought from Vern Sparrow, son of Wigley's foreman Jack Sparrow, by cousins Greg and Roger Trott. Using the salvaged timbers from the Pirie Street Methodist Church (that was demolished in the mid 1960's) and newly quarried ironstone, Wirra Wirra was re-established, by hand, over 3 vintages to its original split level design. Since then the winery has blossomed and is now in true-to form-style; has a new ironstone barrel store and new library and cellar door facilties to open in early 2004.
Although McLaren Vale is at the heart of everything Wirra Wirra, diversity in fruit styles also plays a part of in our viticultural & winemaking philosophy. Other regions act as a source of fruit, with the Clare Valley contributing to Hand Picked Riesling. Coonawarra fruit is a major component of The Angelus, whilst Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are based purely on Adelaide Hills grapes.
It is however, our McLaren Vale Vineyards which say the most about us and are the sole component in 85% of our wines.
Petrucci's, Paxton, Parkinson, Beal, Trott, Gower et al make up a stable of carefully selected growers who are inevitably part of the Wirra Wirra tribe.
Of our own vineyards, Scrubby Rise (which is flat and bereft of Scrub), Nocowie (named by Trott's father who disliked cows), Chook Block (next to Greg's old Chicken Sheds), 73 Block (one guess only), Finniss River & House Block contribute the majority of our best fruit year after year.